Homeless In Manchester | Britain’s Forgotten Men


This Cornerhouse,
this old pictures. To me, it’s a squat,
and I know we always get evicted, but the people who rely on us,
the people who rely on the squat, they call it home. Last time we met Chris, he’d set up
a squat for the city’s homeless in the disused Cornerhouse Cinema. The authorities are determined
to get him out. SIREN WAILS Sunday morning, six o’clock. My friend, Nick, heard a lot of
stamping across the room. I didn’t. I was in the land of Nod. I just heard Nick
trying to raise the alarm. I jumped up, they were abseiling
down the walls, coming through the windows
and doors. Proper Indiana Jones tackle
if you ask me. Must have cost hundreds of thousands
as well. On a Sunday, seven o’clock
in the morning, another 20 people on the streets of
Manchester again. They confiscated our stuff
and then we can only get it back, “if we could produce photo ID” was the quote of the morning. Yes or no? Ten o’clock
in the morning, can I turn up here without photo ID cos
I don’t have any… Most people on the street
have lost everything they own. Everything they own. I’ve been sent to jail for this
twice. And he sent me to jail, everybody lost everything they
owned in all the buildings. We’re here to help you to
get it out… Ha-ha-ha! There’s about 15 of us
all stood on that island there with all our belongings. Being offered fire blankets and
cold God-knows-what. You’ve got no respect for the law,
not one fucking bit. You bunch of sad tits. We were back on the streets.
with what belongings we could carry, what we could muster in trolleys. I know you’ve got your home. When you go and look at your wife
tonight, and you pillow-talk her on
the bed, how do you explain to her you just made a fucking 19-year-old
girl sleep rough? INTERVIEWER: How did it make you
feel? Small. Powerless. Have to go and look for a new home. You’re recording his fucking feeble
attempts to roll a… Philip can’t roll for shit, don’t
let him fool you. I can roll you under the table
and smoke you under the table. What? Fucking hell, man. Fuck me, how many brothers can you
fit in one room? I was in a fucking mess on Friday. Me and Dale crawled in at about
eight o’clock in the morning. Eight o’clock in the morning,
we crawled in like that. We had literally drank ourselves
sober. INTERVIEWER: What’s it like trying
to raise six boys, on your own as well
most of the time? It’s hard. They’ve got into trouble
quite a bit. Some of them, you know, but the lads
keep me going. I’ve not been able to work at all,
man. I’m on zero income cos I’ve got no
money at the minute. That’s apparently shampoo from
jail, but it’s weed, man. So… What?! Shampoo from jail. What, did Philip give you this?
Yeah. Then he said it was lube. So what’s that say about him? He says he dropped
the soap many a time and they carried extras,
like spares. I can believe that. You go round here, yeah, you’ve got to grow up learning to
fucking graft for your money or you’re just going to be a bum.
You’re just going to be a bum. Simple. Right, I’m going to start to use… We’re fucking waiting for you. You all right? I’m just doing what I can
to get fucking dough at the minute. What happens if you get caught,
though? That’s the thing. You get caught, you get caught.
You do time. You do it. You’ve got to be a man.
Do you know what I mean? Dale, are you drinking tonight? I’m getting twisted, mate,
what about you? INTERVIEWER: How did you graduate
from robbing houses to being involved with guns? I just thought it was a cool thing.
Just liked it, innit? It was easier to rob someone
as well. I got arrested for four gunpoint
robberies cos I was 16. And I went, “Guilty”. I got two
years for each one. That’s eight years in total
but they all ran concurrent. I only ended up doing a year
in jail. Could anyone have done something to
intervene at that point? I don’t think they could.
It was the area I was brought up in. The choice of friends that I had. There wasn’t another
choice of friends, like. When I think back about it now,
I can’t believe that I did that. It’s the most skankiest, trampiest
thing anyone could do. Music is a part of it that does
really help me as well. Staying on the straight and narrow. CHEERING Put your hands
together for Black Jack. # Look in my eyes
you will see the real life pain # Through the window # Tell my soul you can see the rain # It’s been a bumpy ride ever
since a young age… # INTERVIEWER: So talk to me about
your next project. Thinking about getting
about eight people from Wythenshawe, living round that life. I’m just thinking about putting
a song together. Yes, Roo, what’s going on? It’s going to be like eight
bars each… Yeah. ..on the verse, 16. And then chorus. Going to be a singer. Yeah. Girl singer from Wythenshawe. I think it’s got a day, though. I’m going to stick it on my own
channel. And get a bit more recognition. You could just block a day. Find
out a day and we’ll book it in. It works, bro.
Yeah, definitely. Plan that. It’s been five months since the Cornerhouse squatters were
evicted, and a lot of them are still looking
for a permanent home. How are you doing, man? I’m all right. How are you?
I’m all good. I’m all good. I’m back again. Welcome to the
Cornerhouse 2. This is home. Are you coming up?
Are you coming in? Right, this is the first wall. This is where we’re running
the night shelter from. We’ve got two working toilets there. We’ve got hot water, cold water. Working hair dryers. So you can get a good wash and a
good dry and it’s warm instead of cold. The equipment, the biscuits,
the cereals, the vegetables, the bread, the fridges, the cookers, the knives and forks, plates,
everything, it all came from the kindness
of the people of Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas. As you can see, it’s not five-star. And last night was our busiest
night. We had nine in last night. It’s our fourth night open. Town Hall. Manchester City Centre. It’s quite a Gothic beautiful
building, isn’t it? But unfortunately, there’s
nothing beautiful inside it. There’s just a bunch of ignorant
councillors who refuse to acknowledge
what’s going on in these streets and these doorways. Last time we hung out with Chris, Jordan was also
staying at the Cornerhouse squat. Chris! Chris! But since the eviction, we’d lost contact. Have you seen Jordan recently? I have seen Jordan recently, yes. Jordan is not well. And I wish he’d either get in touch
with me, or his brother or just go back
to the hospital. But unfortunately, Jordan is out in
the wind at the moment, roaming the streets of Manchester
again. Toiling with whatever he’s toiling
through in his head. But I know one thing. His body is
very, very bad. He needs rest. He needs relaxation. He needs health care. SIREN WAILS DOG BARKS Want half a painkiller, or not?
No, thank you, yeah. Mum’s life. If you don’t want to
take it, don’t take it. I’m not doing it on my fucking own.
I’m like a dickhead. What are you doing? Not a lot. I’ve
just got back from the gym. You’re not minging now? I’m sober at
the minute, mate. There’s something wrong with you.
Detox. I’m only back here cos I split up
with me ex. Dale is a dad. But as he’s estranged from his
girlfriend, he’s lost contact
with his boy. He’s just over two now and I’ve
not had a night alone with him. I’ve not had time alone with him. The first time, literally, since a
couple of weeks after he was born, was a couple months ago, that I got to take him
to the shop which was just around the corner. DOG BARKS It’s up to her, to be fair. I mean, everyone that knows me will
tell you. I’m not a bad guy. I don’t go out and I don’t fight and
I don’t do this, I don’t do that. So there’s no reason to do
that to me, to be fair. INTERVIEWER: What’s it like on the
street like that? It’s colder, it’s windier,
it’s wetter. It’s a lot harder to find a dry,
comfortable place. I said there’s no spikes there
already. Just gets grimmer. A lot grimmer. People died in the city centre,
from exposure. What’s been going on, mate? I can’t even remember, at all. Can’t remember anything, but what
I’ve been told is, I got found on Market Street
unconscious. Erm… Obviously paramedics got called. They gave me five hours to live on
arrival at the hospital. It was a rare heart infection. All I remember after that was waking
up in hospital 18 days later. I was in a coma for 18 days. I was in hospital for two month. I left… A little bit earlier than I
should have. I thought I were all right. To be honest, I still need to go and
get a check-up, cos they didn’t finish the
antibiotics. So, the infection could come back. I don’t know. It’s life-threatening, so. I know I need to do summat
about it, but… ..been slacking. We bumped into Chris. Yeah, I know I seen Chris up there
last week. Speaking to him. He was telling me that he’s
opened a new squat and that, so. He’s not received a lot of help,
has he? In terms of accommodation, so what’s he going to be able to do
for me? You know what I mean? Not much you can really do, is
there? Everything I own is here in the
corner. Basically this is me. But, yeah, this is me army
sleeping bag. Proper, proper sleeping bag. It’s kept me warm when it’s been,
like, -12 outside. The luxury of a pillow, which I’ve
made by stuffing pillowcases inside pillowcases, inside
pillowcases. A spare rucksack, a spare
sleeping bag. And then pretty much everything
I own… ..fits into me cupboard. And that all
fits inside my rucksack. It’s shit out here. Are you using again, mate? No. Not using. Don’t get me wrong,
I’ve thought about it. But… Nah. I used to be an addict. I used to be a wrong’un, I used to
be getting in trouble all the time, I used to being an angry kid. And I was an angry kid because I
weren’t getting nothing back. I were putting everything into my
life and I were just getting kicked in the teeth, as you can see. I’ve been homeless for
six years, on and off now. And all I’ve seen is the most
youngest, the most vulnerable, the poorest,
end up out here. For no reason at all, than either being poor, young or
vulnerable. They’re being stitched up. In every way. The means-testing system, the
austerity courts, they’re only designed to affect us. When I was in hospital,
they instantly stopped my money. What, they sanctioned you? They suspended my benefits
altogether. Because you missed an appointment? Yeah. Everything for my kids, I’ve had to
fight for. Every bit of help, every bit of
support, I have had to fight for. What do you think the future holds? It’s everything, really. I want to be world champion. Why are you watching porn?

100 thoughts on “Homeless In Manchester | Britain’s Forgotten Men

  1. there is that little shit who was talking crap in the other video with mask on and a machette 8:42

  2. Being homeless and living on the streets must be incredibly hard, and in winter even worse. Can you imagine it in winter in the uk sleeping in an alleyway ? I do try and have empathy for people, that being said i feel that some people cant cope in a flat or bedsit when they have one, they cant cope paying bills that you have to pay like rent or electric etc, for whatever reason, mental health problems or being anti social they cant cope with the responsibility of paying the bills from their benefits that they must do, and as such they get evicted and end up on the streets. I have lived in a rough flat and claimed unemployment benefits and scraped by but i survived and paid the bills i had to. Although its not a black and white case because i didnt have the terrible upbringing that i imagine some of these homeless people have had. I do think though that living in a bedsit even if it isnt very nice has got to be better than sleeping on the street ? Perhaps some of these guys can go to their local council or housing association to apply for a flat or at least advice on getting a private bedsit if they explain they are sleeping on the street etc ?

  3. Ther is no government assistance for these people as they are white.Government priority is the islamification of the UK

  4. What I don't understand is why these empty commercial properties don't cut off the utilities? I mean they are illegally squatting with access to electricity, water, heating etc, all being paid for by someone else. Of course they are going to squat.

  5. i'm just sat here thinking 'yep, these chavs at my school's future are actually playing infront of me'

  6. Schools teaching 0 creativity or independent thought. So today, crap art to reflect crap people. All good and all, blaming Johnny foreigner ect, problem being is they dont understand not even the basics of economics, nye micro, nye micro. We consume their goods, dollar store shite, so depending on our trade relations with them, how much we import from Johnny foreigner, then determines how many immigrants are allowed in from each country. We bomb them out of their homes for their natural resources, so they are like fuck that lets go there. They dont have to be here, its just an inconvenient truth for why they come. Leave them alone, they leave us alone, yet that truth is far too inconvenient to be expressed at the local level for all to know, as the barons of industry want to keep us all in the dark while they exploit. Well here is the result. The ruling classes dont care aboot your ethnicity, they just want to strangle us all. The wealthiest in the UK will be immigrants eventually, yet the top wealthy will still be the white class minority barons. They dont care about colour, as long as the wheels of industry turn in their favour….V

  7. I pity these low life kids and families. Had Govt not spoiling them, they would not behave like hobos and tramps. These gang-like kids literally showing the middle finger to the law. Eight-year imprisonment ended up as 1 year. What a f***ing law is that? I am not surprised why more than 50% kids born in the UK are illegitimate children, without the marriage bond. I do not want to use the world; B*******. Families or family values are very rare in such vulnerable areas. Those who follow some values are not, I am talking about. They need support and our love.

  8. Live near Windsor and js the place has some one the worst homelessness issues in the south of England, every bus stop is a homeless person’s home. When the royal wedding between Harry and Megan happened they offered the homeless people a place to stay for the night because they didn’t want them on the street ‘ruining the view and looks of the town’ and then they’d be kicked out after that night and go back to the street. The council has no care for homelessness and the government has no plan to tackle it. Awful

  9. Imagine trying to give this dude a kiss and you accidentally slip and kiss his jagged ass tooth and it cuts your lip 🙁

  10. IDIOTS HAVE KIDS AND THEN MORE IDIOTS . and so on . you dont have to be rich to have morals and values but you do need good people as parents to teach that . all these guys are fcked . maybe 1 will learn how to act from a girlfriend that was brought up proper . but i doubt it .

  11. wow chris is a legend
    why is it down to him to do this?
    i left england 20 years ago. its a shithole

  12. Clearly that’s called projection to the enlightened Liam “Wood”. Not much hard about you buddy except a closed mind. I’d root for Barney Rubble wining the Formula one before you every getting more than a brain fart out that mattered. At least try clever rage something that doesn’t scream you hate yourself. Captain obvious.

  13. Uk is so much better than the us but look at the extent even the locals must go through day in and day out just to fucking live there

  14. Fair lucky me I was brought up on moss side and still got out of the system, not alot ppl can say that still

  15. These homeless are so belligerent it's hard to find any pity for them. It is not the fault of the police that people who own buildings don't want you shitting in them. Pathetic.

  16. first step in fixing our problems is to talk about them. we need more people like Chris

  17. The BBC loves to show the decimation of white males, exactly as their Zionist masters' plan for them

  18. Being homeless……. hmmm…… Not everyone is the same. Yes some people choose that life but not many. It's often a catalogue of things which happen at the wrong times in their lives and even though they can be small things that go wrong, when it continues and you cant always come back from it, you can, through no fault of your own, become unemployed and/or homeless. For the first time, we are seeing people becoming homeless at much later stages of their lives. People who are middle/upper middle classes are now becoming homeless and are on the streets. Something is very wrong with this country and no one seems to care. Well no one in the government anyway. Sadly it's only gonna get worse now universal credit is getting rolled out……

  19. 3:18 drinking from a closed bottle… really dope makes you numb ahahahah

  20. Advice to this dude: face and teeth is a person's business card.

  21. Just have a bag, and get stoned, go round the back of the Midland Hotel, and down the stairs, it's nice and warm down there, but be ready to fight the security,

  22. Your class doesnt effect where you go in life. Its who you associate with and your mentality of what you want

  23. The homeless guy is actually really bright and deserves a job in some type of protest/persuasive job.

  24. It's only their problem that they lost everything!!! Never give up and you never gonna get at this situation. Lazy!!!!

  25. some in england think others work hard only to share their pay, so scallies can breed and shoplift ?

  26. Is she trying to justify herself whilst letting her kids do drugs in her house??? WTF??? When did that become normal?

  27. I feel so sorry for Chris because he could've been a model for Calvin Klein.

  28. Scratch Perverts – Ug Beats https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U12NzodS7os&list=PL7muEd-Q80vpAasW1acQsWNkvkIbi6ThB&index=2

  29. Scratch Perverts – Ug Beats https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U12NzodS7os&list=PL7muEd-Q80vpAasW1acQsWNkvkIbi6ThB&index=2

  30. What is it that white people use to tell black people who are homeless? Oh yeah, Get a job!!!

  31. The idiot thinks his Eminem in 8 mile ??? By the way he was sentenced to 2 years just a few months bsck ??? 👍

  32. Chris has really fallen on bad times since Gwyneth fkd him out and the public copped on how truly shit Coldplay are.

  33. It's not about the homeless people . No body should be homeless it's the fukn idiots in this series . Big men . Doing a lot for there self in it . Pissed up smoking weed or spice all day bragging about Robin people's houses . Hangen out car window with a gun or should we say bb gun but to make him feel hard we say a gun . Yea there trying in they . . Wasteman

  34. What's wrong with his teeth? The UK social groups don't take him to a dentist?

  35. These men has healthy body, why they can’t find decent job to support their own💪

  36. DER JUNGE MAN, ER IST AM ENDE!!! DAS ZEIGT SEIN GESICHT!!!
    Und die Amis und der NATO machen in Afghanistan Drogengeschafte fur Europa
    und USA, auch fur Russland! Deutschland, Holland, uberall ist afghan. HERROIN!

  37. The Western World, like England, Germany, France, USA are with Heroin destroyed!

  38. Manchester, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Los Angeles, look the Streets only? Drugs!

  39. SHAME, THE WESTERN WORLD IS A SHAME, ON NORWAY AND SWEDEN IS NOT
    MUCH BETTER, DRUGS&HEROIN IN ALL EUROPA! ITALY, CROATIA, SERBIA!!! ALL
    EUROPEAN UNION IS CONTAMINATED WITH AFGHANISTAN HEROIN!!!
    Afghanistanwar, NATO and US-Army, makes good Business and Trade with Heroin!
    With USA, Europa and Russia! Billions of Dollars Business! Look the young people!!!

  40. I was born in Manc and lived here all my life. When I watch vids like this I always wonder if I'll see someone I used to know. I never do. Suppose that's a good thing.

  41. Drugs plus alcoholism equals homelessness. It’s the same all over the world. Stop blaming others for your lack of self responsibility and selfishness. You reap what you sow.

  42. Rotten teeth seems to go with the low life criminal fraternity 😬

  43. Britain not seen nothing yet people on unversal credit what they going to be payed a mouth just to live on works aut 60 quid week no one one is being told the real truth the un report the charities are warning the the government there is a crisis just starting there are 300 thousand homless people in England that's going to go up to million people 130 thousands killed themselves there only crime being very sick people this is going to be hell on earth for for people young old young , more food banks bedroom tax this should never be happing in 2019 people don't rember the government is the server all people not destroying people lives there needs to be inquiry into all these deaths just to save money I'm not being funny this can't carry on when millionaire mps can claim hundreds of thousands each year but that's ok but the people are dieing so destroyed its done to the people say enough is enough

  44. Sooner or later if this torie government doesn't lisen which they are not not ever to the un damming report first time in 200 years its been this bad this should be never happening in 2019 the people are going to say enough is enough the people are going to snap how much unversal credit is going to pay people a mouth is a utter disgrace 300 just to live on like 55 quid a week or something how people going to pay bill electric 10 quid a week gas 10 quid a week .council tax housing top up you got to have a mobile to phone people that your week money gone how about food clothing everthing there is no way any people can live off 300 quid a mouth then you get your rent millions of people are going to be homless there going deaths all over the place the un gay has said this is a start of massive crisis but millionaire tory mps who have millions in there banks are claiming hundreds of thousands each year but that's ok they getting looked after no one being told the real truth what's really happening are the people really going to stand for this the government is responsible for killing the most vulnerable people in England people with mental health illness no one ever asked to be ill no one . If can happen to any family any time I really can't get v my head around this

  45. I wonder if this city has any good jobs that would give these people opportunities to better themselves.

  46. I really can't believe what BRITIAN has come to I never ever fault I'd see what really happing to people lives bye there own government , governments are ment to be in power to keep making things better no this one this one is responsible for killings its own people making 300 thousand homless people in Britain going up all the time the un report is so shameful chairtys are warning this is a start of a massive crisis on its way not seen in 200 years unversal credit the monthly payments what people are going to get just for living not the rent part works at a 60 quid a week just over 300 quid a mouth then your rent which you got to pay towards council tax just that your electric and gas thats it gone so what about the other bills food water rates mobile phone credit tv lincence clothing mens and women's washing stuff. When are the people going to say enough is enough this can't carry on how sick people are being treated people with mental health illness all illness treating them like animals sick bloody people the old young so many lies are being told we are heading for a massive crisis on its way and PEOPLE just not realising what really on its way millions going be homless hundreds of thousands more people going to be killing themselves its going to be hell on earth people just not believe it's going to happen When I see how much people going to be payed a mouth on unversal credit the real truth I was sick I cryed I grown man at 44

  47. The more one watches material such as this, the more the case of selective sterilisation gets stronger. Absolute oxygen thieves. The polar opposite of decent, hard working tax payers who have to fund these scrotes.

  48. When you have little support or savings, it doesn't take much to go wrong and lose your home and job. Every time we get a Conservative government all funding for youth clubs, family support and free local community parks are gone. These are the first line for prevention of poor parenting and teaching kids right from wrong and that someone cares. Without this many small problems escalate and people fall out of society.

  49. Keep that rapping up bro. Keep sum passion in your life to keep you going.

  50. Drug and alcohol addiction is self inflicted no sympathy for this scum whatsoever

  51. What's Chris and Jordans last names, are they on facebook.? How can you help if you live overseas?

  52. All the people moaning about people on benefits. The money's created out of thin air anyway, the debt that never goes away. The BBC does a great job mind controlling the Sheeple.

  53. Never their fault is it😂 always the victims, bunch of smack heads

  54. My dad was homeless when he was young, he lived under an archway and worked two jobs until he was able to afford a flat. it was doable then… he didn't need to provide a phone number with an email address, a this and a that… there were no mobile phones then… and he was given cash in hand work. It was doable than to be homeless and find some cash in hand jobs. You'd ask for the work and all they ask is for you to turn up, no paperwork required, which I know is not legal, but now it's made so difficult for the homeless to find work

  55. This is what you get with unrestricted capitalism that goes out of control

  56. Police stealing people’s belongings and kicking out of where they live: ‘we’re here to help you’

  57. I don’t want to be that guy but the first ones teeth annoyed me

  58. What really chaps my ass the most is that dental is completely free here if you're on benefits — yet they always have the worst teeth! In Aus, dental is obscenely expensive even if you're on Centrelink (welfare) yet overall, we seem to have better teeth still.

  59. Every time a homeless man pisses me of and begs for money for 2 minutes straight all I say is get a job and they shut up and never speak to you

  60. "How have you managed to cope, bringing up 6 boys on your own?" 
    "It's haaaaard," the fat woman simpers. Jeez, is it that hard to take the goddam birth control pill?

  61. Feral scumbags no sympathy NONE….its always someone else's fault always money for smartphones and drugs its never spent on toothpaste I see makes my blood boil seeing this scum lying around trashing my city of Manchester. Oh and another thing the gobshite with teeth like a burnt fence you alone are responsible for your situation remember that. Lifes hard get a helmet.

  62. Chris is 101% ryt when he says that ppl out there on streets is due to being stiched up by the system.i know that from first hand experience.hope he ok,trying to make best of a bullshit situation and a bullshit system!

  63. The System demands that a certain percentage of men will FAIL to be integrated into the mainstream of society. This is a crime in itself because many of these young and not-so-young men would have a lot to offer a society that gave them half a chance.

  64. At the end, it all comes down to the education system and competition which is increasing because well-educated people are migrating to western countries which these countries lack.

  65. I see they have all the things for a trek. I am so jealous. I would have gone out for trek if I had all those things such as sleeping bag, rucksack, tent. Man, these things are costly at least in my country.

  66. Go to work essy i see at my work 50-60yrs old working why they can't ? Reason-LAZY, Simple.

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